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Brooklyn Farmer's Market Likely to Expand Near Public Housing

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Following a call to action, one Brooklyn farmer's market may be expanding to be more accessible to more of the community.

The Fort Greene Farmer's Market has been criticized by some—including film director Spike Lee—for catering to new, wealthy neighborhood residents.

Now, a proposal is gaining momentum to expand the market and bring it closer to public housing.

Neighbors and shoppers say it's a good move, especially in a neighborhood where fresh produce is hard to find.

"I think the more farmer markets we have and the more access everyone has to farmer's markets, the better," said one shopper.

"It's fresh vegetable, it's healthy vegetables, and what could be more beneficial?" another said.

"It would be a healthy thing because people here need better prices and better quality of fresh vegetables and fruits," said a third.

In addition to making the market bigger, advocates from Grow NYC say they hope to bring more diverse vendors as part of the expansion.

The Transportation Committee of Community Board 2 has already approved the plan.

The full board is expected to vote on the proposal on June 11.

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